Who’s under center?

by - March 19, 2009 - Posted in Offseason

Now that Jay Cutler is somewhat officially on the trade market, the subject of a Tony Romo-Jay Cutler swap has been brought up. Assuming that Jerry has taken care of all factors to make it a viable trade (draft pick compensation, contracts, etc); what are the pros and cons of making such a trade?

PROS:

-Cutler is three years younger than Romo, but has roughly the same starting experience as Romo.
-Cutler has a greater pedigree than Romo, having been drafted 11th overall by the Broncos in 2006.
-Because of his pedigree and age, Cutler likely has a higher upside than Romo.
-Though Romo has put up superior numbers, they are not vastly superior despite having much more to work with offensively than Cutler.
-Cutler was born in Santa Claus, Indiana!

CONS:

-Cutler has a penchant for locking in on one receiver, as is evidenced by his heavy use of his best weapon: Brandon Marshall.
-Cutler has shown that he is immature and may not be suited for leading a team to a championship.
-Cutler has played in a much weaker division than Romo. It is still an unknown how he would fare in a top division like the NFC East.
-Romo has two years under his belt in Garrett’s system, while Cutler would have to learn it from scratch.
-Romo has shown flashes of All-Pro potential, despite his down year in 2008.

That is but a small sampling of what Jerry would have to analyze before making such a trade. Will GM Jerry make the right decision for the long-term health of the Cowboys? Or will his ego not allow him to make such a trade? Will he consider Romo a Bill Parcells product and dump him in order to have one less Parcells player? Or will he pass on the potential trade because of the inevitable rumors that it could signal an intention to hire Mike Shanahan in 2010?

This all leads to the overriding question that determines the outlook of our Sundays in January: WWJD – What Would Jerry Do?

6 Responses to Who’s under center?

Mike

March 19th, 2009 at 10:23 am

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my concern with cutler is that he's never been a winner. he played on awful teams in college, and his denver teams never seem to get over that hump. his latest handling of the mcdaniels situation, regardless of whose fault you believe it is, was hardily something you'd like to see from a supposed team leader.

but then again…i think we can say the same type of things about tony. he really hasn't proven much, and his nonchalant comments following the philly loss in december certainly bring into question his leadership ability.

is there a “none of the above” choice? can we trade tony for peyton straight up? :)

Luis

March 19th, 2009 at 10:32 am

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I'll have to disagree on Cutler. He took a pretty bad Villanova team to heights that they hadn't previously seen, nor have seen since. He made a cellar-dweller competitive in a very tough SEC. That has to count for something, doesn't it?

Now, his body of work in the NFL is less appealing. Especially on the heels of that choke job that Denver put up at the end of the 2008 season. But he is still regarded as the best quarterback to have come out of the 2006 draft – a low bar, to be sure. So it would at least be worth more than just a cursory look.

But this is a classic case of the devil you know vs the devil you don't know. So it's almost a situation where you're damned if you do and you're damned if you don't. Because as long as GM Jerry is running the show, it doesn't matter who is playing QB. Regardless whether the leadership aspect of that position is upgraded. But neither option in this exercise would provide such an upgrade.

Ryan

March 19th, 2009 at 10:34 am

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To me, it sounds like getting Cutler would be a lateral move (no pun intended) at best. I say forget about it.

Mike

March 19th, 2009 at 3:23 pm

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my concern with cutler is that he's never been a winner. he played on awful teams in college, and his denver teams never seem to get over that hump. his latest handling of the mcdaniels situation, regardless of whose fault you believe it is, was hardily something you'd like to see from a supposed team leader.

but then again…i think we can say the same type of things about tony. he really hasn't proven much, and his nonchalant comments following the philly loss in december certainly bring into question his leadership ability.

is there a “none of the above” choice? can we trade tony for peyton straight up? :)

Luis

March 19th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

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I'll have to disagree on Cutler. He took a pretty bad Vanderbilt team to heights that they hadn't previously seen, nor have seen since. He made a cellar-dweller competitive in a very tough SEC. That has to count for something, doesn't it?

Now, his body of work in the NFL is less appealing. Especially on the heels of that choke job that Denver put up at the end of the 2008 season. But he is still regarded as the best quarterback to have come out of the 2006 draft – a low bar, to be sure. So it would at least be worth more than just a cursory look.

But this is a classic case of the devil you know vs the devil you don't know. So it's almost a situation where you're damned if you do and you're damned if you don't. Because as long as GM Jerry is running the show, it doesn't matter who is playing QB. Regardless whether the leadership aspect of that position is upgraded. But neither option in this exercise would provide such an upgrade.

Ryan

March 19th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

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To me, it sounds like getting Cutler would be a lateral move (no pun intended) at best. I say forget about it.